An event to mark the first anniversary of GDPR is being held in Carlisle.

The regulations were introduced last May to give people control over the personal data held by companies and organisations.

But after 11 months there is still confusion about how to comply and many companies are believed to be at risk of receiving fines for failing to follow GDPR rules with the customer and staff data they handle.

Three experts are due to speak at the GDPR – One Year On conference on Wednesday May 22.

One of the speakers is Brian Lightowler, managing director QG Business Solutions, a management systems and certification company that is one of only five accreditation bodies for the Government's flagship Cyber Essentials Scheme.

He said: “A lot of people seem to be thinking that GDPR has gone away or is not going to happen because of Brexit.

"A lot of people were left with the impressions that it was all about emails and spam, but it is about how you process personal data."

Cumbrian hotels that were taking bookings through third-party websites were an example of an area where GDPR was essential, he added.

Other speakers are marketing expert Jacky York and Lorraine Millican, of Lakes Mill Consulting.

The event is organised by Intro, Carlisle’s PR and social media agency, at the Business Interaction Centre on Paternoster Row and runs from 1pm to 5pm.

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